Essays

In this section you can find some of the essays written by Windhorse teachers and guest teachers:

  • The Bodhisattva Path in the Trump Era by David Loy– A talk given at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church November 22, 2016- Transcribed by Jeffrey Fuller and edited by David Loy.  This is a .pdf file, so you’ll need a program that can open .pdf files.  If you don’t have a program, you can download adobe reader for free.

  • Jackalope of the Self – by Sunya Kjolhede:  When we cling to the familiar, to this notion of self that we have welded out of thoughts and memories since time immemorial, then we’re identifying with the wrong master. Zen Master Bassui’s essential question was, “Who is the Master?” Who is the one who hears, feels, sees, and talks? Our task in sesshin and in our lives is to put this true master, this “True self that is no-self,” back on the throne. Otherwise all kinds of tricksters and demons break in and take its place.   Read more >>
  • The Cascading Mind – by Sunya Kjolhede:  When we first take up a sitting practice and look into our minds, we may be shocked to discover what’s going on in there. As the inner noise quiets down a bit, we start to see how scattered and unruly the thoughts are—how they race and tumble and repeat themselves, compulsively judging, labeling, dissecting.  Read more >>

Essays from the blog:

  • Ancestral line part I: Although we chant it at least once a week, for most people the Abbreviated Ancestral Line is a pretty enigmatic chant – for newcomers not much different from a Dharani, actually. Even if you stick around for a few years you won’t necessarily know that Hakuun Ryoku is Roshi Yasutani, and Daiun Sogaku is Roshi Harada. However, if you make the effort of looking more deeply into the Ancestral Line and getting familiar with those mentioned in it, you may come to feel a real connection with and gratitude to those people who transmitted the Dharma to our times. Read more>>
  • Ancestral line part II: After about 900 years of teacher-to-student transmission, the practice that was to become what we know as Zen Buddhism moved from India to China. This happened somewhere around the 5th or 6th century CE with Bodhidharma’s arrival. This doesn’t mean, however, that the Dharma was unknown in China before that time. Buddhism in various forms had already been in that country for centuries by the time the Western Barbarian arrived (although that didn’t necessarily make Bodhidharma’s work any easier). Read more>>